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Canadian Blog Awards: I’ll Sit This One Out… Or Not?

***EDIT*** So it seems that a few of y’all would “like, totally” vote for me in the blog awards, and have already done so because gosh darn it, you just like me. So what the hey: VOTE for Listen to Lena for Best Family Blog.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

This year, I’m happy to be a wallflower.

If you’re a blogger, or a reader who cares about such matters, you may have noticed that the 2011 Canadian Blog Awards are well into the voting phase. In fact, you can cast your vote for over 20 blog categories until December 24th 2011.

You may have also noticed that I’m the reigning Best Blog and Best Family Blog, as witnessed by the two little buttons on my right sidebar. And while I’m ridiculously proud of the accomplishment – and incredibly thankful to all of my readers who support me – I’ll be retiring the belt (or badge, as it were) and handing over the glory to someone more deserving popular.

Because in actual fact, your blog doesn’t have to be the “best”, per se – since the awards are distributed based solely on number of votes tallied, you just have to have the most readers who are willing to click your name.

Of course, some may argue that I should go for the awards again – I have an enviable readership, a pretty kick a** blog, and I’m sure I can convince quite a few peeps to cast a vote my way. And I did accomplish just that last year; running away with the Family category and narrowly edging out others for Best Overall.

But then I read some of the blogs that were up for contention.

The truth is, if I had to do it all over again, another blog would have had my vote. 

So I’ve decided to bow out of all votes-driven awards, relishing instead in the accolades that are meaningful to me (Toronto’s Most Trafficked Blog: Swingcat Productions, June 2011) and my readership (Top 35 Mom Blogs We Love: SavvyMom.ca, October 2011).

Now please don’t interpret this as a slight to the Canadian Blog Awards or any of it’s nominees –  to be recognized and supported by your readers is a major accomplishment (and one that should be revered). Still, I’ll sit this one out… and send my very best wishes to 2011′s nominated blogs and bloggers. Good luck all!

21 Responses to “Canadian Blog Awards: I’ll Sit This One Out… Or Not?”

  1. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
    November 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Know whats even sadder? I have come across some blogs that have put YOUR ‘Best Blogger’ {Canadian Blog Awards} button – on their sidebar.
    And, not the button representing the award they actually got, from a different category.

    You are tops my friend, you do kick ass!
    p.s – just voted for ya!

    ;)

  2. Lena
    November 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    You’re too kind Tammi – and, thanks for the vote :)

    I too have seen the badge uploaded to different blogs, and I can only hope those bloggers feel SO much better about themselves for ripping off my accomplishment. But, I’ve always said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)

  3. Shauna MacKenzie
    November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Wow, sorry to butt in on your conversation but I can’t believe that someone would use your badge from your wins last year! Some people…

    • Lena
      November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      You’re always welcome in our conversations! But yeah, sad…

    • Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
      November 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      It’s almost painful to watch, but I guess anyone can claim anything with a little badge, and some would believe it. It’s just sad that others are capitalizing on a lie.
      Maybe I should make one, “The Queen Approves of my Blog”.
      Ha!!

  4. Kyla
    November 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    That is odd that someone would do that. On a side note.. why didn’t I think of that? I kid I kid.

    Savvy Mom is how I found you!

    • Lena
      November 18, 2011 at 12:28 am #

      Ha ha ha Kyla! Please don’t! And… welcome from Savvy Mom! Tickled pink to meet you :)

  5. Deanna T.
    November 18, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    The Queen Approves of My Blog? Ha. I am shaking with giggles. Do it!

    As for the whole blogger awards thing, I totally get where you’re coming from Lena. I hate begging folks to vote, it feels spammy.

    • Lena
      November 18, 2011 at 12:21 am #

      Okay its official. I’m creating a “The Queen Approves of My Blog” badge. :)

  6. Diana - Teacher Mom
    November 18, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    I hear ya. And I agree with Tammi – you are tops and you do kick a$$.

    • Lena
      November 18, 2011 at 12:21 am #

      Have I told you today that I love you? Oh, wait I think I did. Catch ya in another 24 hours!

  7. Fay
    November 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Lena, you don’t need to ask for votes and you’ll probably still win! (Voted for you anyway.)

    • Lena
      November 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      Oh you!!! (Thank you)

  8. SoberJulie
    December 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Gasp, why is it that we’re surprised? Someone actually bragged to me that she won last year recently at a conference….alas I already knew you had. People need to learn that situations such as these leave bad tastes in our mouths.
    Oh and I voted for you of course!

    • Lena
      December 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

      You are so kind, Julie, thank you. Alas, I’m quite certain I know who you’re speaking of (I think we all do), but thankfully, I have no desire to action it because I have nothing to prove – I let my blog speak for itself. And thanks for voting!

  9. Deanna T.
    December 5, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Voted for you, of course. But I’m still waiting on that whole “The Queen Approves of My Blog” badge. If you win this round I demand that you add the Queen’s seal of approval to your sidebar…. >;-P

    • Lena
      December 5, 2011 at 12:38 am #

      BAHAHAHA! You won’t believe this, but I already made up the badge as a joke. You’re on, Deanna – if I win I’ll put it up – but only if you do too! LOL

  10. Shauna MacKenzie
    December 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Your fans won’t let you avoid recognition like this ;) Enjoy the ride!

    • Lena
      December 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks sugar pie :)

  11. Tasha W
    December 7, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    You got my vote;)

    • Lena
      December 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      You’re awesome! Thank you!

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